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Desloratadine oral
DESLORATADINE - ORAL

Important Note

The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.

DESLORATADINE - ORAL

(des-lor-AT-uh-deen)

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Clarinex

Uses

Desloratadine is an antihistamine that provides relief of symptoms of seasonal and allergic nasal conditions (rhinitis) such as runny nose, sneezing, and watery/itching eyes. It may also be used to treat hives.

How To Use

Take this medication by mouth once a day or as directed by your doctor. Do not increase your dose or take this more often than directed. Do not take this medication for several days before allergy testing since test results may be affected.

Side Effects

This medication may cause throat discomfort, muscle pain, nausea, dizziness, fatigue, indigestion, or dry mouth. If these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly. Tell your doctor immediately if this unlikely but serious side effect occurs: rapid or pounding heartbeat. Desloratadine does not usually cause drowsiness when used at recommended doses and under normal circumstances. However, be sure of the drug's effects before engaging in activities that require alertness such as driving or using machinery. An allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: kidney disease, liver disease, any allergies (especially to loratadine). Limit alcohol intake, as it may intensify drug side effects. Desloratadine should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. This medication passes into breast milk. Breast-feeding is not recommended while using this drug.

Drug Interactions

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of any prescription or nonprescription medication you may take. Check the labels on all your medicines (e.g., cough-and-cold products) because they may contain additional antihistamines that could increase your risk for side effects. Ask your pharmacist about the safe use of those products. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

Overdose

If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include drowsiness or fast heartbeat.

Notes

Do not share this medication with others.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as remembered; do not take it near the time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.

Storage

Store between 36 and 77 degrees F (2 and 25 degrees C) away from light and moisture. Do not store in bathroom. Keep all medicines away from children and pets.